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Encyclopedia > Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier
Born May 14, 1931 (1931-05-14) (age 76)
Nashua, New Hampshire

Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma. Much of his work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely-tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media. May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Gate City Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Hillsborough Incorporated 1746 Government  - Mayor Bernard A. Streeter Area  - City  31. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ... Sound sculpture is one term for the multimedia artform where, as the name suggests, sculpture produces sound or, less often, the reverse. ... Robert Ashley (born March 28, 1930) is a contemporary composer, best known for his operas and other theatrical works. ... David Behrman (born 1937) is a USA composer and the producer of Columbia Records Music of Our Time series. ... Gordon Mumma (March 30, 1935, in Framingham, Massachusetts) is a composer. ...

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Early life

Lucier was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was educated in Nashua public and parochial schools and the Portsmouth Abbey School, Yale University and Brandeis University. In 1958 and 1959, Lucier studied with Lukas Foss and Aaron Copland at the Tanglewood Center. In 1960, Lucier left for Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship, where he befriended American expatriate composer Frederic Rzewski and witnessed performances by John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and David Tudor that provided compelling alternatives to his classical training. He returned from Rome in 1962 to take up a position at Brandeis as director of the University Chamber Chorus, which presented classical vocal works alongside modern compositions and new commissions. At a 1963 Chamber Chorus concert at New York's Town Hall, Lucier met Gordon Mumma and Robert Ashley, experimental composers who were also directors of the ONCE Festival, an annual multi-media event in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A year later, Mumma and Ashley invited the Chamber Chorus to the ONCE Festival; and, in 1966, Lucier reciprocated by inviting Mumma, Ashley, and mutual friend David Behrman to Brandeis for a concert of works by the four composers. Based on the success of that concert, Lucier, Mumma, Ashley, and Behrman embarked on a tour of the United States and Europe under the name the Sonic Arts Group (at Ashley's suggestion, the name was later changed to the Sonic Arts Union). More a musical collective than a proper quartet, the Sonic Arts Union presented works by each of its members, sharing equipment and assisting when necessary. Performing and touring together for a decade, the Sonic Arts Union became inactive in 1976. In 1970, Lucier left Brandeis for Wesleyan University. In 1972, Lucier became a musical director of the Viola Farber Dance Company, a position he held until 1979. Nickname: Gate City Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Hillsborough Incorporated 1746 Government  - Mayor Bernard A. Streeter Area  - City  31. ... Portsmouth Abbey School is a private, coeducational high school located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... Brandeis University is a private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ... Lukas Foss (born Lukas Fuchs, August 15, 1922 in Berlin, Germany) is an American composer and conductor. ... Aaron Copland Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer of concert and film music, as well as an accomplished pianist. ... Tanglewood Music Shed and lawn. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5... The Fulbright Program is program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. ... Frederic Anthony Rzewski (born April 13, 1938) is an American composer and virtuoso pianist. ... For the Mortal Kombat character, see Johnny Cage. ... Merce Cunningham (born April 16, 1919 in Centralia, Washington, United States) is an American dancer and choreographer. ... David Eugene Tudor (January 20, 1926 - August 13, 1996) was a pianist and composer of experimental music. ... Gordon Mumma (March 30, 1935, in Framingham, Massachusetts) is a composer. ... Robert Ashley (born March 28, 1930) is a contemporary composer, best known for his operas and other theatrical works. ... David Behrman (born 1937) is a USA composer and the producer of Columbia Records Music of Our Time series. ... Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1831 and located in Middletown, Connecticut. ...


Works

Though Lucier had composed chamber and orchestral works since 1952, the composer and his critics count his 1965 composition Music for Solo Performer as the proper beginning of his compositional career. In that piece, EEG electrodes attached to the performer's scalp detect bursts of alpha waves generated when the performer achieves a meditative, non-visual brain state. These alpha waves are amplified and the resulting electrical signal is used to vibrate percussion instruments distributed around the performance space. Other important early pieces include Vespers (1968), in which performers use hand-held echolocation devices to locate the approximate physical center of a room, to deepen their understanding of acoustical perception, and to reveal the elements of environmental space through non-visual means. EEG can mean: Electroencephalography - the method and science of recording and interpreting traces of brain electrical activity as recorded from the skull surface or the device used to record such traces Emperor Entertainment Group - A Hong Kong entertainment company. ... Alpha Waves (also known as Continuum) is an early 3D game that combines labyrinthine exploration with platform gameplay. ... Alpha Waves (also known as Continuum) is an early 3D game that combines labyrinthine exploration with platform gameplay. ... Acoustic location is the art and science of using sound to determine the distance and direction of something. ...


I Am Sitting in a Room

One of Lucier's most important and best-known works is I Am Sitting in a Room (1970), in which Lucier records himself narrating a text, and then plays the recording back into the room, re-recording it. The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Since all rooms have a characteristic resonance (e.g., between a large hall and a small room), the effect is that certain frequencies are gradually emphasised as they resonate in the room, until eventually the words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant harmonies and tones of the room itself. The recited text describes this process in action - it begins "I am sitting in a room, different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice...", and concludes with, "I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have," referring to his own stuttering. I am sitting in a room (1970) is one of composer Alvin Luciers best known works, featuring Lucier recording himself narrating a text, and then playing the recording back into the room, re-recording it. ... I am sitting in a room (1970) is one of composer Alvin Luciers best known works, featuring Lucier recording himself narrating a text, and then playing the recording back into the room, re-recording it. ... “Stutter” redirects here. ...


Other key pieces

Other key pieces include "North American Time Capsule" (1966), which employed a prototype vocoder to isolate and manipulate elements of speech, Music On A Long Thin Wire (1977), in which a piano wire is strung across a room with oscillators and magnets on either end, producing changing overtones and sounds, Crossings (1982), in which tones play across a steadily rising sine wave produce interference beats, Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas (1973–74), in which the interference tones between sine waves create "troughs" and "valleys" of sound and silence, and Clocker (1978), which uses biofeedback and reverberation. North American Time Capsule is a 1967 composition by American experimental composer Alvin Lucier. ... A vocoder (name derived from voice encoder, formerly also called voder) is a speech analyzer and synthesizer. ... Music On A Long Thin Wire is a piece by Alvin Lucier conceived in 1977. ... Crossings (game) Pedestrian crossing Zebra crossing — referred to in the U.S. as a crosswalk To complete this list, see Special:Whatlinkshere/Crossings Category: ... In acoustics, a beat is an interference between two sounds of slightly different frequencies, perceived as periodic variations in volume whose rate is the difference between the two frequencies. ... Interference of two circular waves - Wavelength (decreasing bottom to top) and Wave centers distance (increasing to the right). ... Clocker for clock, galvanic skin response sensor & digital delay system, is a piece by Alvin Lucier conceived in 1978, though Lucier felt there did not exist an appropriate digital delay system till 1988: With this new equipment, the sounds of the delayed clock now matched those of the original, creating... This article is about audio effect. ...


Lucier's composition students include Nicolas Collins, Ron Kuivila, Arnold Dreyblatt, Douglas Kahn, Daniel James Wolf, and Mladen Milosevic. Nicolas Collins (born March 26, 1954 in New York City) is an composer of mostly electronic music and former student of Alvin Lucier. ... Arnold Dreyblatt (b. ... Daniel James Wolf (born September 13, 1961 in Upland, California) is an American composer of serious music and a music scholar. ...


Discography

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Films

  • 1976 - Music With Roots in the Aether: Opera for Television. Tape 3: Alvin Lucier. Produced and directed by Robert Ashley. New York, New York: Lovely Music.

Robert Ashley (born March 28, 1930) is a contemporary composer, best known for his operas and other theatrical works. ...

External links

MusicBrainz (MusicBrainz. ...

Listening

Margaret Leng Tan was born in Singapore in 1953. ...

Bibliography

  • Alvin Lucier, Reflections: Interviews, Scores, Writings (Köln: MusikTexte, 1995).
  • Alvin Lucier, "Origins of a Form: Acoustic Exploration, Science, and Incessancy," Leonardo Music Journal 8 (1998): 5–11.
  • Christoph Cox, "The Alien Voice: Alvin Lucier's 'North American Time Capsule'," Mainframe Experimentalism, ed. Hannah Higgins and Douglas Kahn (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).
  • Alvin Lucier in Conversation with Thomas Moore

 
 

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